The seemingly endless number of exercises available is enough to make your head spin. 
Sure, you know the basics, but do you know which exercises are the best ones for a full-body workout?
In general, a strong candidate for the “best” title will be any easy-to-learn exercise that targets multiple muscle groups and gives you the practical strength and muscle tone to meet your fitness goals. 
Exercises that don’t require fancy, expensive equipment earn extra credit.

The 5 Best Exercises for a Full-Body Workout

Here are five of the best exercises for athletes and fitness junkies looking for a simple and effective full-body workout.

  • Push-ups:

Push-ups

The push-up might be old school, but it’s effective.
There’s a reason the push-up is introduced to most folks in elementary school. 
It works a wide range of muscles, though they primarily target the chest, triceps, and core. 


Individuals typically lift about 60 percent of their body weight when completing a push-up.
There are many different variations of the push-up, so take your pick. 
Just make sure that push-ups are a part of your training.

  • Squats:

Squats

The squat is another classic lifting exercise that is especially beneficial to the lower body. 
The exercise directly works the hips, hamstrings, and glutes. 
It also indirectly strengthens your core and even your upper body if done with weight.
Amateur weightlifters oftentimes focus on their upper body and neglect the lower half.
Don’t fall for that. Any training regimen should work the entire body and squats are an essential piece. 
They’re that good for you.

  • Lunges:

Lunges

This brilliantly simple exercise isn’t for the fitness weary. 
The exercise does triple duty by extensively working the quadriceps, the glutes, and the hamstrings. 
Still, want more? Hold a dumbbell in each hand while performing the lunge.
Like most exercises, lunges can be executed in various ways. The traditional lunge is completed in a stationary position working one leg at a time. Want a change of scenery? 
Pick a target, say, 50 yards away, and lunge your way toward it. Either way, your legs will be begging for mercy as you finish up.

  • Burpees:

Burpees

It’s complicated—and maybe even a little silly—but burpees are one of the best exercises for a reason: They work.
Start in a standing position, squat down and put your hands on the ground, kick your feet out and do a push-up. 

Tuck your feet back under you, and spring up out of your crouch with a leap. That’s a burpee. If you’re really feeling wild, put a dumbbell in each hand.
Burpees bring in two other exercises on this list (push-ups and squats) while adding some leg work and a leap for good measure.

  • Deadlift:

Deadlift
The deadlift is an old-school lift that builds total-body strength. 
It’s a gimmie for the best-exercise title, but it does come with risks. The wrong technique can injure your back, so it’s important to keep it flat throughout the lift. 
When the deadlift is executed correctly it will strengthen your back as well as your calves, quads, hamstrings, glutes, core, and forearms.
The lift is simple and with the proper focus and attention to technique, it can be completed without injury. 
The goal is to pick up a weighted bar off the ground and bring it up to your thighs using your whole body. The completion of the lift will have you standing up, your arms straight with the weight hanging.


The deadlift is effective at building strength because the inert weight starts on the ground and must be lifted up in a controlled movement. 
The lifter doesn’t have a chance to use any momentum, hence the “dead” name.